OUR TEACHER WELLBEING SURVEY
LATE last year, a survey of 380 Australian teachers by Australian Scholarships Group and the Australian College of Educators discovered 48 per cent were stressed in their current role, and almost a fifth were considering leaving the profession.
Australian Bureau of Statistics data shows that more than half of people who have a teaching degree do not work in education.
And while estimates of teacher attrition vary widely from State to State, about 40 per cent of new teachers quit within their first five years; citing burn out, lack of support, and frustration.
It’s clear that teachers are suffering from high levels of workplace stress leading to poor physical and mental health.
With this in mind, The Australian Education Reporter conducted our own survey of readers which included tactics, tips and tricks teachers can use to improve their health and wellbeing.
We received responses from more than 350 teachers, heads of department and principals from the public and private sector, and both primary and secondary schools across the country.
Almost 60 per cent of respondents rated their wellbeing at work as a very average 3 out of 5.
Almost 80 per cent cited high workload as the main issue negatively impacting their well-being at work, with long working hours, high self-expectations, poor student engagement and a lack of adequate resources, following close behind.
When asked what kind of support would most improve their wellbeing at work, reduced workload came out on top, followed by a more positive school culture, better access to resources and more co-worker collaboration.